Part 2: Changing Rhythms of the Youth, Students and Families

35% of residents of Amsterdam Zuidoost are younger than 27 years1. 6.981 are within the elementary school age (4-11 years), 5.761 are of high school age (12-17 years), and 7.416 are in the higher education or the non-compulsory education age group (18-22 years)2. During the Corona pandemic, many regulations were imposed for education, sports activities, recreation spaces and family life, which had implications for the young population and their households. All universities in Amsterdam were closed for almost an entire year, leaving many (international) students in student housing and campuses to take their classes from home, simultaneously limiting their relations with the city where they live. Elementary schools were closed fully for up to a month, high schools for longer, and school events and weekly activities were banned for up to a full year. The closing down of schools and after school activities caused feelings of isolation amongst the younger age groups. The closure of schools also created a tough time for mothers, who had to shift between home education and daily work and home-related tasks. Sports, especially group sports, significant in young people’s lives, were banned. Training and matches were not allowed during the first months of the lockdown, and the situation kept changing throughout the trajectory of the pandemic. This chapter deals with how these changes were visible in the rhythms of the youth, students and families.

By Lucas Lawrence, Roxanne van de Wiel, Chiara Soldi, Marc Mistou Keijser

Sefkatli, Pinar, ed. 2022. Changing Rhythms During the Pandemic in Amsterdam Zuidoost. Amsterdam: Designing Rhythms for Social Resilience, University of Amsterdam.

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